Sunday, 24 May 2009

Garden Heaven....






I know that I've mentioned before how beautiful the flowers are in Paris in the springtime - but I just have to post about it again! However, this time, it's the flowers at Monet's Garden in Giverny. Visiting Giverny has been on my mother's wish list of things to do for many years now - and so I was over the moon that we managed to get there to witness Monet's extraordinary creativity in garden form, for ourselves. Even the one hour wait to get in (!) was worth it with what lay inside. Splendorous flowers in a multitude of beautiful colours and arrangements line the garden. What an inspiration. And of course, Monet's cottage was no disappointment either. I'm so glad we made it out to Giverny - it was everything I thought it would be....

11 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh beautiful!

vicki archer said...

Total heaven Shannon, xv.

singasong said...

Hi Shannon,

I love your style! I've started my first home renovation and stumbled across your book which has been a source of inspiration and decorating-confidence! I'm stuck for ideas for my awkard L-shaped entryway. It's around 3.5m and 1m wide with a door on the right and then the corridor turns left. I'm thinking of staining the floorboards v dark brown and painting the walls white, but not sure what to do after that. Maybe an entry table, floating shelves and picture frames? Maybe a mirror and large vase? Any ideas? I'd share some photos but not sure how...
Thanks!
Stacey

Beach Vintage said...

You can almost see a Monet painting in those flowers!

Barb Fisher said...

Hi Shannon,

Such beautiful gardens.

On another topic, I have just come back from spending some time on the Gold Coast, where we did a day trip down to Byron Bay and beautiful Bangalow (I SO want to move there!). I think your lovely home may be somewhere in that vicinity, and I hope that it has not been affected at all by the terrible floods. As we finished up our holiday, we made it down the Pacific Highway with an hour to spare before it was closed, water lapping at the sides. Back to Canberra where we have had no rain at all!

Shannon Fricke said...

Stacey,
What about a bold and vibrant wallpaper - such tiny spaces often benefit from vital statements such as these. Other than that - a console table with vase and decorative details - mirror or collection of artworks for the wall - possibly a chair to sit next to the console- and voila - a lovely entrance hall to greet you every day.

Shannon Fricke said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts Barb,
Yes, it has been crazy times up here on the farm, what with this wild weather. All we lost was a roof or two from some out sheds - the old-girl (the house!) survived with no damage - a salute to old-fashioned building practices, I'd say! The kids were over the moon for the four day weekend - so all is well.
sx

SCISI said...

wow. lucky you. its great that they are still mantaining it. and what a good i dea to have those little blue flowers peeking through the tulips(i think they are tulips anyway) stops it from being the same old tulip field type picture:)

Oliveaux said...

So beautiful!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

So so beautiful. It's on my wish list now!

xo

Miss T said...

wonderful garden.:)